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Review: Drowning in Fire by Hanna Martine

Drowning In FireTitle: Drowning in Fire

Author: Hanna Martine

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: The Elementals (Book #3)

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Format: Paperback, 352 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425267539 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425267530 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Hidden in the Hawaiian islands, there is magic pure enough to heal a broken heart.

In his last audience with the Senatus, Griffin hoped to establish a connection between his water-wielding race and the other elementals. Instead, he found himself drawn into a forbidden affair with the Chimeran general Keko. When it ended in a storm of fire and ice, Griffin was banned from the Senatus and Keko was stripped of her status.

Just as Griffin is given a second chance to prove himself worthy of a Senatus seat, he gets a call from Keko. Despite how it ended between them, she wants to hear his voice one last time before embarking on a suicide mission to save her people and redeem her name.

Despite her good intentions, members of the Senatus want her stopped—and Griffin volunteers to go after her. As he tracks his former lover through the untamed Hawaiian wilderness, she leads him straight to the source of all fire magic. But will the intense power they discover draw them back together or destroy them both?

Quick & Dirty: Forbidden love, elemental magic and race to save her people.

Opening Sentence: “I’m not a damn babysitter.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

For the record this is the first book in this series I read. That being said, I felt like I only missed a few things that I might not have if I was current with this series. My only dislike is the insta-love; I am just not nor will ever be a huge fan of it. This was set in Hawaii and the main character was Hawaiian. Keko is Chimeran, which basically for those not familiar with the books they wield fire. Griffin is a Ofarian and he wields water magic. In the beginning of the book Keko is to babysit Griffin in his first Senatus meeting and report everything back to her people. They have sex like ten minutes into meeting each other and admit it’s more than that like a day later. That first meeting ends with Griffin battling a friend of hers and him injuring her friend badly.

Fast forward three years and our couple have been separate that whole time, in fact recently Keko was sprung from jail after leading a failed revolt. Griffin is about to win a seat on the Senatus when he volunteers to go after Keko. Keko learns that her people are suffering from a disease that is killing their magic. In her culture it’s such a stigma that everyone hides it and keeps everyone from finding because trusted friends fuel their fire. Literally… so Keko embarks on a journey to the source in order to save her people. What she doesn’t know is fire feeds fire and if she actually makes it there it could destroy the world.

Griffin catches up with her and they reconnect eventually. He hides the fact that he was sent to stop her from herself. That of course does blow up in his face in the book. When she explains about the disease he decides to help her and that’s all you’re getting from me. (spoilers) This was a pretty good read, I wasn’t wild about it but that could have been from not reading the first two. It’s different from a lot of what is out now which I almost always enjoy! I mean we all love vampires and werewolves and the Fae but not everything has to be about them. So I always appreciate something different that is done well.

The elemental magic is probably not that new but the world building and cultures are definitely not something I have seen a bunch of. Oh, and I totally forgot to say that their love is forbidden because they are different elements! Although I can at least understand why she doesn’t burn him, water does put a fire out. The diversity is really rich in this book, almost every main character is Hawaiian and there are some secondary gay characters as well. All in all, this a great easy read and if you are looking for something other than vampires I would definitely give this one a try!

Notable Scenes:

“Massive destruction that the children of Earth would have no way to counter.”

“And now Aya had sentenced her first true friend to die.”

“She did not want to walk away from Griffin, but she just might have too.

The Elementals:

1. Liquid Lies

2. A Taste of Ice

3. Drowning in Fire


FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Drowning in Fire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.



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